Man shot in officer-involved shooting dies

Shooting on Slaughter Road
Shooting on Slaughter Road

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A Huntsville Police officer remains on administrative leave after a Friday morning shooting in West Huntsville.

The shooting happened at the Mountain View Mobile Home Park on Slaughter Road near Highway 72 Friday morning.

Police said officers received a call about a suspicious person at the trailer park shortly after 8 a.m. When officers arrived, they found a man at the premises and questioned him, according to Huntsville Police Spokesperson Harry Hobbs.

Hobbs said the man then produced a gun and fired a shot. An officer fired a shot in return.

The victim was transported to Huntsville Hospital and died around 9 a.m.

Police are investigating whether the man's injury was self-inflicted or from the officer.

The officer involved was not injured. As with any officer-involved shooting, the he has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

Witnesses say the scene was traumatizing, especially for children who were around at the time. "We know a lot of these kids," said resident Samantha Perry. "It's very scary, espeicially with my kids not knowing what kind of people are around." Perry said the sounds of gunfire terrified her two children.

Police have not yet released the name of the shooting victim.

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